Notifying patients of a doctor's death

February 15, 2008

My spouse, a doctor, passed away suddenly. I've already sent a letter to her patients notifying them of her death and the closing of her practice. I was told I should post an announcement in the newspaper, too. What should it say?

My spouse, a doctor, passed away suddenly. I've already sent a letter to her patients notifying them of her death and the closing of her practice. I was told I should post an announcement in the newspaper, too. What should it say?

Keep it short and simple, and explain how former patients can get a copy of their medical records. Here's a sample:

The medical office of Janet Smith, MD, located at 123 Main Street, Newton, has closed due to the death of Dr. Smith on Jan. 31, 2008.